The Queen of Catford

Tags: housing, timber, refurbishment

Related projects: The Rye Apartments, The Hoover Building , Barrett's Grove

  • Client: Catford Regeneration Partnership Limited
  • Architect: Tsuruta Architects
  • Photography: Ståle Eriksen
  • Completion: 2021
  • Value: Confidential
  • Size: 510 m²
  • Expertise: Structures
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers
The Queen of Catford - Webb Yates Engineers

Acting as a catalyst for future development, we worked with architects Tsuruta Architects to develop an attractive pre-regeneration housing project in Catford Town Centre in South London.

The new scheme comprises five apartments that have been created within a micro development on a small infill site. Located on Catford Broadway, the new residences have been squeezed above and behind two existing shops by refurbishing and extending a pair of terraced houses. The building has been designed to transform an alleyway into a small boulevard, with large windows at ground level to enliven the pedestrian route through to a car park.

An external staircase ascends the development, it is wrapped in a metal screen that has been perforated with hundreds of cat-shaped holes, revealing the movement within. Laser-cut cat-face steel plates are used to create a zigzag-shaped balcony that projects out over the street below.

Internally the architect deployed a plywood digital fabrication method to create furniture, storage, mezzanine stairs and kitchens. Door handles, coat hooks and kitchen cabinet, concrete pad stones and more are all shaped with a cat motif, with 27,620 such references across the development’s interior and exterior.